Welcome to Southland – Nau mai, haere mai ki Murihiku! Let’s take care of this place together.


Ticket to paradise

Meet the owners of one of Fiordland’s most trusted charter operators. By Jason Harman

Sāmoan first, an artist second

Comic artist, wrestler and activist Michel Mulipola has become a public face of Pasifika-Palestinian solidarity in Aotearoa. By Theo Macdonald
lab grown kelp underwater

Help for Kelp

This winter, baby giant kelp is being planted into Wellington Harbour / Te Whanganui-a-Tara, where great seaweed forests once thrived. By Gabi Lardies

Earnscleugh Station

Two Aucklanders take on a classic but unfinished Central Otago grand home.

Lessons from a Church Wall

Fashion designer Karen Walker finds threads of family history in a Katikati mural.

Map: Book Marks

Aotearoa’s authors ground their stories with our physical and built landscapes, from the needle of the Sky Tower to quintessential dairies, troubled harbours and small towns shadowed by mountains.

Pets in Parks

Getting dogged about pet incursions into national parks.


The (naughty) fun of the Auckland Arts Festival’s Spiegeltent.

Home, and Away

Why the world loves Jacinda Ardern — even as her popularity flags back home.

Map: Clocks

Sometimes life can feel like a constant battle against the clock. By Gabi Lardies

The Map: Ice Cream

Where to get a scoop this summer — wherever in the country you are.

Bug of the Year

On 14 February, New Zealand will crown its first Bug of the Year. By Gabi Lardies.
Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, has depicted a hongi in this large-scale illustrative mural.

Our country is dotted with significant public art. Some works are heavy and monumental, others carefully detailed, and at least one digitally dynamic, but all are framed by their built and natural surroundings.


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